Berkeley, CA (August 24, 2016)—Twenty One Pilots’s current Emotional Roadshow World Tour will have been on the road for 11 months by the time it’s completed. As the band’s popularity has exploded, the tour has ended up playing a wide variety of venues, from Berkeley, California’s 8,500-capacity Greek Theatre to Pennsylvania’s 30,000-capacity Hersheypark Stadium. In order to accommodate such disparities, audio provider VER Tour Sound provided the tour with a 72-box Meyer Sound Lyon linear line array rig.
At the Greek Theatre shows, the audio crew hung 12 Lyon per side on the main hangs, and 12 Lyon per side on the side hangs, while it uses a full 72-box rig for larger venues, where the main hangs are 20-deep Lyon and side hangs are 16-deep Lyon.
Audio crew chief/system engineer, Kenny Sellars noted, “The scalability has been super solid for me. That’s what I planned on, but the fact that it’s worked flawlessly and easily has been the key.”
Shane Bardiau, Twenty One Pilots’ FOH engineer, remarked that the tour initially considered using the larger dual 15-inch Meyer Leo line arrays, but Sellars’ suggestion to Bardiau to use Lyon to better accommodate the varying size of venues on the tour appealed to him. “I was skeptical at first because it is a smaller box,” recalled Bardiau. “But wow, I was blown away. And to be honest, this 12-inch (Lyon) driver is perfect for our music.”
Independent engineer Adam Stroop runs monitors on the Emotional Roadshow World Tour. For the monitor setup, the band occasionally relies on side fills from Leopard cabinets on each side of the stage, so for the biggest shows, the crew will use up to six Leopard boxes per side for greater horizontal coverage. “They’re very easy to set up and sound excellent,” said Stroop.
Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.